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yeah, a lot of the 90s era stuff doesn't translate well because the property speculating rich fucks have been tightening the noose around everyones necks for a long time now. like, these marginal lifestyles that seem so romantic from the golden age of punk (I know, I know, not really), they've been squeezed out hard. ruthlessly so!

in the city I know well, if you've been paying attention long enough, you could watch all the big old collective punk houses winking out of existence, one after another, dropping like flies. these places were like museums, with literally decades of lore written on the walls. those networks you're talking about would slowly develop over many years.

now, an attempt at an "intentional community" like that tends to have a reno-viction lifespan of maybe a year or 3.